How Many Dimensions Are There? Is Math Easier to Grasp with Real World Examples?

It seems maths are more easily understood when grounded in real structures, such as: "If we have one apple, add another, and how many apples do we have?" On the other hand, math tends to train us to overlook much of nature, going so far as to assert what fairly reasonable standards might judge falsehoods. We accept the dubious western assumption that apples are separate, however no apple has ever been measured to constitute exactly 1 standard apple...and we ignore the imprecision required for our most simple math concepts.
1 + 1 = 2 may be our first equation pedagogically, but it comes with a slew of logical and practical problems we may be well advised to keep in mind. Identifying one item, obtaining it, doing the same with another item, combining them into a set, and then counting to obtain a result is much more than "2" things. Even simple maths ignore time, existence over time.
There is a more significant reason for skepticism regarding mainstream dimensional m…

Debunking Food Evolution 2: Goal Evolution

What follows Tyson’s wildly mistaken opening are several calmly presented claims regarding population statistics, growth, and the impacts of climate change on the food debate.
An agitated female voice then shouts: “This is all about companies controlling our future!” The use of "all about" is a red flag scientifically. However, the shout doesn't sound like an assertion intended for a scientific context, and it could address a valid point, even if overstated.

Tyson then asks: “Amongst all this conflict and confusion... How do we make the most informed decisions about how we feed ourselves?”
What is especially good about Tyson's question here is that it states a relatively specific, plausibly valuable goal of “most informed decisions”. It also links our decisions on this topic to a pragmatic concern to "feed ourselves". The question is a good start and offers opportunities for improvement.
In asking how to accomplish a goal, we usually expect some process: …

Debunking Food Evolution 1 - A Rough Opening


Aspen Music Festival: Music with a View Concert

Distinguished theory and performance teacher provides expert knowledge during "Music with a View"at the Aspen Art Museum

GMO Safety Defined as "Nutritional Equivalence"

As far as I can tell, the definitions of safety used by the scientific community are not the same as those used by the general public. The average person tends to be more interested in drug-style testing which actually  demonstrates safe and effective products. Similar to what we expect for water safety or cars with crash testing. Most people seem to believe water, drugs, and cars have to be positively tested for their impacts, especially unintended ones.

Less educated people tend not to be interested in, and to the degree they're aware of it at all: perhaps even suspicious of "nutritional equivalence" as a definition of safety. On this, they seem to have a point in that the criteria seems too loose, and allow things we would want to keep out. A grain of sand and a grain of plutonium may both have no nutritional value, but one is about as innocuous as it can be, the other maximally toxic. Healthy water may be equivalent in ph and hydration to that with lead contaminated w…

Pseudoscience in Genetic Engineering and Creation Science

One of these practitioners is engaged in what can be generally considered science, while the other cannot...

Insofar as any research framework is held to be infallible or unalterable, it will tend to be more pseudoscientific.

In situations when we hold our claims to be science, yet that no possible evidence can refute its assumptions, update its definition, or reduce our level of certainty, we have crossed into pseudoscience.

Smartphone? Picard chooses Android.

I never get tired of this one...